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March 23, 2014

Community Calendar


The Eagle-Tribune

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Author Visit, 2 p.m. in Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitors Center, 1 Jackson St. Professor Christine Kinealy, author, professor and director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University, will speak on her new book, “Charity And The Great Hunger in Ireland, The Kindness of Strangers.” Sponsored by Division 8 AOH and the Irish Foundation. Free admission. Handicap accessible.

Organ Recital, 3 p.m. at Corpus Christi Parish, 35 Essex St., Lawrence. Members of the Merrimack Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will play works by Bach, Walther, Vierne, Langlais and others. Free admission. Call 978-263-3979.

“Snow White” ballet, 1 p.m. in Merrimack College’s Rogers Center for the Performing Arts, North Andover. Performed by the New England Civic Ballet (NECB), a local nonprofit dance company. All young attendees are encouraged to dress up as their favorite character. After each 1 p.m. show, the characters will be out in costume for autographs and pictures. Tickets are on sale at a reduced price to encourage whole families to come and enjoy the performances. Tickets may be purchased online at newenglandcivicballet.org or by calling 978-975-0289.

17th Annual Spring Craft & Specialty Food Fair, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rockingham Park Racetrack (indoors), Salem, N.H. American-made crafts will be featured including tapestry bags, stained glass, tie-dyed clothing, acrylic paintings, clocks, wildlife and landscape photography, soy candles, children’s toys and clothing, jewelry, leather bags, doll clothes, carved wood, lace, pottery, women’s apparel, folk art, hair accessories, painted stemware, watercolors, and more. Sample a variety of specialty foods such as herbal dips, pastries, salsas, jams and jellies, honey products, olive oils, chocolates and more. Admission is $7 for adults, free for children under 14. Ample free parking. Visit castleberryfairs.com.

Sundays

Sunday Morning Meditation, 8 a.m. at 85 Essex St., second floor, Haverhill. Offers meditations of healing, kindness, goodwill and spiritual development. The nonsectarian meditations cleanse, relieve stress, energize, heal, and activate inner potential. Call 978-457-6900.

Monday, March 24

Movie Afternoon, noon in the Town Hall Meeting Room, 183 Main St., Groveland. “Blue Jasmine” will be shown. Reservations are required. Call 978-372-1101 to reserve a seat or visit GrovelandMA.com for more information.

March 24 & 31

Conversational English, 10 a.m. to noon at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. For non-native speakers of English who have studied formal English and would like to practice their speaking and listening skills. New members are welcome. To register, call Carolyn Fantini at 978-475-4602.

Mondays

Adult Knit-A-Bitters, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at the Langley-Adams Library, 185 Main St., Groveland. Join other knitters for a bit of knitting and a bit of chat. All levels welcome. Open to all community members. Call 978-372-1732 or visit langleyadamslib.org.

Mondays

Music Academy for Homeschool & Preschoolers, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. Classes on the recorder, guitar, music and movement, drumming, music theory, rock/jazz ensemble and beginning winds/brass. Email vwalton@mvmusicschool.org.

Through April 5

NECC Art Exhibit Highlights Whittier’s Birthplace, in Northern Essex Community College’s Bentley Library ArtSpace, 100 Elliott St., Haverhill. Artist Mark Reusch, caretaker of John Greenleaf Whittier’s Birthplace in Haverhill, will present a painting and photography exhibit featuring the 326-year-old property of the famed writer and abolitionist. Gallery hours: Monday through Thursday 2 to 9 p.m., Fridays 2 to 5 p.m., and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The exhibit is sponsored by the NECC Art & Design Department. Email pkidney@necc.mass.edu or mmannheimer@necc.mass.edu.

Through March 31

Free Internet Classes, at the Haverhill Public Library. Classes are small, with a lot of individual attention and hands-on practice. Each class is two hours long. It is not necessary to own a computer to take these classes, but attendees are welcome to come with their own wireless enabled laptops. Advance registration is required. For dates, times and to reserve a spot, visit the Reference and Information desk at the library or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608. Reservations for April classes are now being accepted.

Tuesday, March 25

Merrimack Valley Pflag/Transgender Chapter Meeting, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. Call 781-891-5966, email merrimackvalleypflag@gmail.com or visit gbpflag.org.

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 2 to 7 p.m. at First Calvary Baptist Church, 586 Massachusetts Ave., North Andover. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment.

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 1 to 6 p.m. at the Haverhill YMCA, 81 Winter St. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment.

Jocko’s Jazz: Rick Hammett’s “The Axe Masters” with vocalist Rebecca Parris, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Sahara Club, 34 Bates St., Methuen. Wheelchair accessible. Call 978-683-9200 for tickets or to make reservations. Visit jockosjazz.com for more information.

Free Informational Safety Talk, 11 a.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. People’s Bank will present “Frauds, Scams and Identity Theft.” All are invited. Call 978-983-8825.

Brain Gym, 1:30 p.m. at The Center at Punchard (The Center), 30 Whittier Court, Andover. Brain gym explores ways to exercise the brain with fun activities to achieve this goal. Free. Preregistration is required as space is limited. Open to the entire community, pending space. Call 978-623-8321 or visit andoverseniorcenter.org.

Lovely Lassies & Lads Tea Party, 6 p.m. at the Pelham Public Library, 24 Village Green. Menu includes scones, clotted cream and a variety of teas and tisanes. Share in some Irish tea traditions and customs as well. Registration is necessary. Call 603-635-7581.

Tuesdays

Line Dancing Class, 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. Call 978-983-8825.

Wednesday, March 26

Free Educational Legal Seminar: “protecting your life savings & financial planning tips,” 1 to 3 p.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. With speakers Atty. Edward Beasley and Gregory Gagne. Call 978-983-8825.

NARFE Meeting, 2 p.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. Call 978-983-8825.

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 2 to 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 462 Broadway, Methuen. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment.

“Building Up or Spending Down? — A Retirement Portfolio” Interactive Forum, 7 p.m. at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. Join John Spoto, “Financially Speaking” columnist for The Eagle-Tribune, Lowell Sun Times and North of Boston Business Magazine for this informative 90-minute discussion. Bring questions or come to listen and learn. Registration required. Register online at mhl.org/eventcalendar or call 978-623-8401, ext. 31.

“Session II: Searching for Your Acadian & French-Canadian Ancestors,” 7 p.m. at the Tenney Gate House, 37 Pleasant St., Methuen. Presented by Lucie LeBlanc Consentino, an expert on Acadian and French-Canadian genealogy. Part of the Methuen Historical Society’s “Discovering Your Genealogy,” a four-part series. Free admission. Call 978-683-2252 to reserve a seat or visit methuenhistoricalsociety.org for more information.

L.A.O.H. Fundraiser, 4 to 10 p.m. at The Irish Cottage Restaurant and Pub, 1111 Riverside Drive, Methuen. Help support the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians in their fundraising efforts. Call 978-208-4347.

Mature Entrepreneur Workshop, 10 a.m. to noon at Northern Essex Community College, Life Long Learning program. This program is designed for “baby boomers” seeking to supplement retirement income or provide meaningful services to their community. Cost for the entire workshop series is $30. Call 978-556-3700 to register.

Wednesdays

Line Dancing Class, 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Methuen VFW, River Street. Cost is $3 per class. Call 603-329-5904.

Wednesdays

Meat Raffle, 6 p.m. at the French Social, Railroad Street, Methuen.

Thursday, March 27

Battle of the Bands, 6:30 p.m. at Salem High School, 44 Geremonty Drive, Salem, N.H. Hear local bands compete against each other. Tickets are $7 or $5 with a canned good which will be donated to a local food pantry.

Thursdays

Gentle Yoga Class, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at First Church Congregational, 26 Pleasant St., Methuen. All ages and all fitness levels welcome. Stretch and relax the mind. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle. Mats are available to use for those who don’t own one. $5 drop in fee. Email terryisme@verizon.net.

Thursdays

Bridge Group, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. Experienced players are encouraged to join the group. Stop in, have fun and make new friends. Call 978-983-8825.

Thursdays

Children’s Community Choir, 4 to 5 p.m. at the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 163 East Haverhill St., Lawrence. For ages 7-14. Free admission. Call 978-682-4215.

Thursdays

Meat Raffle, 6 p.m. at the American Legion, 200 Broadway, Methuen. Help support local veterans.

Thursdays

Children’s Community Choir, 4:30 p.m. at the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 163 East Haverhill St., Lawrence. For ages 7-14. Free admission. Call 978-682-4215.

Friday, March 28

“Worship the King,” 7 p.m. at the Riverside Assembly of God, 15 Lowell Blvd., Methuen. All are welcome. Call 978-688-8777.

Estate Planning forum, 10 a.m. at The Center at Punchard (The Center), 30 Whittier Court, Andover. With Captain Jason R. Ebacher, Esq., the TRIAD Director at the Essex County Sheriff’s Department. Free. Preregistration is required as space is limited. Open to the entire community, pending space. Call 978-623-8321 or visit andoverseniorcenter.org.

March 28 & 29

“Broadway on Essex” — a dinner theater cabaret from Spotlight Playhouse, 6:30 p.m. at Maria’s Restaurant, 81 Essex St., Haverhill. For tickets and information, visit SpotlightPlayhouse.org or call 978-380-8509.

Saturday, March 29

Irish Film Festival, 10 a.m. at Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitors Center, 1 Jackson St. Sponsored by Division 8 AOH. Free admission. Handicap accessible. Call 978-794-1655.

Gospel Fundraising Concert, 6 p.m. at the Andover Baptist Church, 7 Central St. The concert will feature the church’s Unity Choir with soloists, Lura Smith and Anita Maldonado, the Rev. Dr. Gregory E. Thomas, Institute Choir, and Heavenly Hits. Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door. Call 978-475-0166.

Jazz in the Air Concert, 2 p.m. at Oriental Garden, 400 Lowell Ave., Haverhill. Visit tatemusicgroup.com.

Perry Park Preschool to host Art Show, 10:30 a.m. to noon located in the Congregational Church, 4 King St., Groveland. The public is invited to view children’s artwork and tour classrooms. There will also be a bake sale and children’s book raffles. Call 978-374-6678.

March 29, April 12 & May 4

Boutique Dates for prom dress give-aways for the Priceless Prom Gown Program, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. behind the Everett Mill in the Stone Mill, 15 Union St., Lawrence. Local financially challenged teenagers are encouraged to come and choose a prom gown and accessories for a $10 donation. The nonprofit also offers a few tuxedos or dark formal suits, raffle prizes for formal hairstyles, makeovers and surprise goody bags. Go online to make an appointment for a specific day. Visit pricelesspromgownprogram.com or email carol@pricelesspromgownprogram.com.

Saturdays

Meat Raffle, 2 to 4 p.m. at VFW Post 8349, 26 River St., Methuen. Hosted by the Methuen Ladies Auxiliary. Open to the public.

Sunday, March 30

Boston Saxophone Quartet presents “Music of the Civil War,” 2:30 p.m. at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. The Boston Saxophone Quartet will explore the innocence, memories, and passion of the Civil War, as told through its musical legacy. The concert kicks off “Lest We Forget,” a community-wide series. Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library. Call 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32 or visit mhl.org.

“An Afternoon with Elvis Presley,” 1 p.m. at the Sons of Italy, 459 Merrimack St., Methuen. Hosted by Quota International of Lawrence in partnership with Methuen Sons of Italy. Tickets are $45 per person and include a full course buffet dinner and two-hour show featuring Elvis tribute artist, Rick Andrade. For tickets, call 978-379-7321 or mail a check to Quota International of Lawrence, P.O. Box 2183, Methuen, MA 01844. All proceeds will benefit the deaf and hard of hearing and disadvantaged women and children of the local area.

Second Annual Merrimack Valley Special Needs Resource Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Merrimack College, Sakowich Center, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover. Exhibitors include medical and therapeutic services, specialized education, sports, activities and camps, assistive technologies, legal services, social skills programs, financial planning, horseback riding as equine therapy and more. Vendor space is limited. Register online at mvsnrf.eventbrite.com or call 781-316-6040 to secure a vendor space. Free for attendees. All are welcome. Learn about the people and resources serving families with special needs in the Merrimack Valley area and beyond. Optional RSVP for attendees and event sharing, visit facebook.com/MVSNRF.

New England Percussion Championships, noon to 7 p.m. at the North Andover High School. Up to 30 bands will be performing. All proceeds will support music programs in the North Andover public schools. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youth. Call 978-681-9915.

“Ireland In Song — Celtic Melodies for Voice & Piano,” 2 p.m. at the Lawrence Public Library, Sargent Auditorium, 51 Lawrence St. Performed by Terri and George Kelley. Presented by the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library and The Irish Foundation. Free admission.

Monday, March 31

Monday Movie, 7 p.m. in the Memorial Hall Library’s Activity Room, 2 North Main St., Andover. Attend the free movie and enter to win the DVD. Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library. For this month’s selection, visit mhl.org/mondaymovies.

Movie Afternoon, noon in the Town Hall Meeting Room, 183 Main St., Groveland. “All Is Lost” will be shown. Reservations are required. Call 978-372-1101 to reserve a seat or visit GrovelandMA.com for more information.

The Origins of Women’s Studies, 1:30 p.m. at The Center at Punchard (The Center), 30 Whittier Court, Andover. Merrimack College Women’s Studies professor Dr. Debra Michals will discuss the origins of this course of study, the politics surrounding it, and why it’s important. Cost is $3. Preregistration is required as space is limited. Open to the entire community, pending space. Call 978-623-8321 or visit andoverseniorcenter.org.

Book to Film Club meeting, 7 p.m. at the Haverhill Public Library. The group will discuss “Captain Phillips” and the book it is based on.

Tuesday, April 1

Padre Pio Prayer Group meeting, 6:30 p.m. in the chapel of St. Monica Parish, 212 Lawrence St., Methuen. The meeting will consist of the regular monthly devotions: recitation of the Holy Rosary with meditations written by Saint Padre Pio and the chaplet of Divine Mercy. It has been a Catholic tradition through the centuries to meditate on the Way of the Cross, so that it becomes a way of life. Mary, the Mother of Jesus, made the first way of the cross. These stations called Mary’s Way of the Cross, will be prayed in an attempt to present that viewpoint. Bring a friend. Call 978-683-1193.

Andover Garden Club meeting, 10 a.m. at South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. After some social time and a brief business meeting, lecturer and tulip specialist, Ila Cox, will present “The History of the Tulip,” A noted horticulturist and flower arranger and lecturer, Cox is also a plant lover, gardener, garden traveler, and a student of garden and plant history. Free for members, $10 donation requested for guests (includes refreshments). Call 978-470-1884 or email linderll@aol.com.

Wednesday, April 2

“Session III: Tracing Your Roots in Ireland,” 7 p.m. at the Tenney Gate House, 37 Pleasant St., Methuen. Presented by Judy Lucey, an archivist and genealogist at the New England Historical and Genealogical Society. She is also an expert in Irish and Italian genealogy. Part of the Methuen Historical Society’s “Discovering Your Genealogy,” a four-part series. Free admission. Call 978-683-2252 to reserve a seat or visit methuenhistoricalsociety.org for more information.

April 2, 8, 16, 23, 30 & May 7

“Turning 22,” at CLASS, 1 Parker St., Lawrence. This series of six 90-minute workshops is designed to coach families on what to expect when their sons or daughters with developmental disabilities turn 18 and 22. Parents of children 14 through 21 will benefit from planning sessions, including legal issues, state benefits, employment and housing options, and much more. Held in English and Spanish. Free, but registration is required. Email sleibowitz@classinc.org or call 978-­975-­8587, ext. 1273.

Thursday, April 3

Author visit, 7 p.m. at the Andover Bookstore, 89R Main St. Christopher Golden will discuss “Snowblind.” Call 978-475-0143 or visit hugobookstores.com/andover.

Career Networking Group meeting, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. Expand one’s network of business contacts, share ideas and learn about effective job search strategies. Arleen Bradley, certified career coach, will present “Beating Age Discrimination.” Free admission. Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library. Visit mhl.org or call 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32.

April 3, 4 & 5

“Tartuffe,” 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover. The comedic satire about a chronic con artist will be performed by Merrimack College students and alumni. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for students and Merrimack College employees. Buy tickets at merrimack.edu/community/rogers or call 978-837-5355.

Thursdays April 3 through May 1

North & South: Why The Civil War Happened, 2 to 3:30 p.m. at The Center at Punchard (The Center), 30 Whittier Court, Andover. Presented by Don Robb, this program will focus on the split between North and South and make links between national events and incidents in Andover. Cost is $15. Preregistration is required as space is limited. Open to the entire community, pending space. Call 978-623-8321 or visit andoverseniorcenter.org.

Friday, April 4

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 1 to 6 p.m. at the Advent Christian Church of Haverhill, 160 Carleton St. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.

Genealogy Lock-In, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. Register for an evening of after-hours genealogy research with exclusive access to databases, computers, microfilm, and local history materials. Reference librarians will be on hand to help with research. A light dinner will be served. Registration is $10. Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library. Register online at mhl.org or by calling 978-623-8401, ext. 31.

April 4, 5 & 6

Lionel Bart’s “Oliver,” 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. on Sunday at Windham High School, 64 London Bridge Road. Presented by the Windham Actors Guild. Not suggested for audiences under 8 due to violence. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, students and members of the military. For tickets, call 603-247-8634 or visit windhamactorsguild.com.

Saturday, April 5

Fifth annual Craft Fair, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Riverside Memorial Church, 278 Groveland St., Haverhill. Event organizers are seeking crafters to participate in this event. The fee is $35 for an 8-foot by 2 1/2 foot table, with chairs included. All proceeds support the Riverside Memorial missions fund. Space is limited so register early. Call 617-455-2792 or email ms.renee1969@yahoo.com.

Department of Safety’s Boating Education Class, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Windham Fire Department, 3 Fellows Road. New Hampshire has a mandatory boating education law. Everyone 16 years of age and older who operates a motorboat over 25 horsepower on New Hampshire waters must have a boating education certificate. This program is designed to assist the boating public in having a safer, more enjoyable experience on the water through boating education. There is a $30 non-refundable fee per person for the class. Seating is limited; pre-registration is required. Call 603-293-2037 or 888-254-2125.

Third annual “Knight of Honor...Rising Star Gala,” 6 to 10 p.m. at the North Andover Country Club, 500 Great Pond Road, North Andover. Hosted by the North Andover Merchants Association (NAMA). The gala will honor and celebrate two graduating seniors pursuing a business degree with a $1,000 scholarship each; award the accomplishments of a young entrepreneur with a $500 check, and award one local business/merchant for their commitment to the North Andover community; this year’s recipient is Dawn Pease of Dawns Sign Tech. The evening festivities will include a dinner, entertainment, silent and live auctions and a cash bar. Merchant sponsorship opportunities are also available. Tickets are $50 each and tables of eight or 10 may be reserved. Tickets can be ordered by contacting Sylvie Foulds at northandovermerchants@gmail.com. Checks can be mailed to NAMA, P.O. Box 62, North Andover, MA 01845. Email patroche376@gmail.com or sylf19@comcast.net. Seating is limited.

Spring Craft Fair, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Windham High School, London Bridge Road. Sponsored by the Windham Woman’s Club. All items are hand-crafted by more than 55 local artisans. Items for sale include jewelry, glass art, woodworking, baby items, doll and dog clothing, candy, fudge, photography and much more. Find items for Easter, Mother’s Day, weddings, baby showers, graduation, spring and summer birthdays. There will also be a bake sale and raffles. Proceeds will benefit the Windham Woman’s Club Scholarship Fund and other community projects. Email fortier27@comcast.net or mrsmaryberg10@gmail.com.

Merrimack River Park Cleanup, 8:30 a.m. at the Park. All volunteers are welcome. Pastries, coffee, cold drinks and more will be available. Event will be held weather permitting. Alternate date will be April 12. Email dicksr1@hotmail.com for more information.

Spring Flea Market, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Trinitarian Congregational Church, 72 Elm St., North Andover. Features 17 dealers, a White Elephant area, a jewelry table, a bakery table and a raffle table. Lunch will be served. The money raised will go to the Building and Maintenance Fund. Dealers wanted. Rent a 9 ft. table for $20. Call 978-886-2191.

April 5 & 6

Open House “Fabulous Basket Raffle,” 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Searles Castle at Windham, 21 Searles Road. Themed baskets valued at approximately $100 to $500 will be on display in each room of the castle. Chances for the baskets are 15 for $10 and include a chance to win an antique crystal bowl. Docents will be in each room giving the history of the room of the castle. Complimentary beverages will be available. Proceeds benefit the Sisters of Mercy/Castle Restoration Fund. Admission is $10, $5 for seniors and children. Tickets will be sold at the ticket window until 3 p.m. Credit cards cannot be accepted. Call 603-890-0458 or email searlescastle@att.net.

SUNDAY, April 6

“Postcards from Around the World: The Orient Express,” 3 p.m. at West Parish Church, 129 Reservation Road, Andover. Performed by Mistral, formerly Andover Chamber Music. All proceeds will support Mistral’s concerts and outreach programs. The 2013-14 concert season is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Tickets are $30 for general admission, $25 for seniors, free for students with ID. Group and family discounts available. Order tickets at MistralMusic.org, email sales@MistralMusic.org or call 978-474-6222.

Monday, April 7

Free eBooks & eReaders Workshop, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Haverhill Public Library. Learn how to download library eBooks to one’s eReader using the OverDrive Media Console App. This class is open to people with eReaders that have “App” capability. For patrons with other eReaders, one-on-one classes will be offered. Registration will begin on March 24. Classes are limited to eight people. Call 978-373-1586, ext. 608.

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 2 to 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 462 Broadway, Methuen. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 3 to 8 p.m. at the Sacred Hearts School, 31 South Chestnut St., Bradford. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.

Fourth Annual Snap Shot Day, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Nevins Memorial Library, 305 Broadway, Methuen. Massachusetts libraries will join libraries across the nation to provide a snapshot of what happens in a day in the life of libraries. Data and photos will be collected that help demonstrate the value of libraries and raise public awareness that libraries are busier than ever. Free admission. Call 978-686-4080, ext. 12.

“Gardeners & Climate Change: Saving the Planet One Garden at a Time,” 7 p.m. at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. Sponsored by the Andover Department of Municipal Services, Greenscapes North Shore, and Memorial Hall Library. Visit mhl.org or call 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32.

Creative Café, 7 p.m. at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. Bring a current project to work on and meet other crafters. Open to adults who knit, crochet, scrapbook, and create other portable crafts. Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library. Visit mhl.org or call 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32.

April 7, 14 & 28

Conversational English meetings, 10 a.m. to noon at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. For non-native speakers of English who have studied formal English and would like to practice their speaking and listening skills. New members are welcome. To register, call 978-475-4602.

Tuesday, April 8

Informational Event: Bread & Roses, 12:30 p.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. Presented by Tom Gradzewicz. Call 978-983-8825.

Book Group Night, 7 p.m. at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. For members of a book group or anyone trying to start a book group who may not be sure where to begin. Staff librarians will share reviews, library and internet resources and information about book club kits. Come with suggestions about how the library can help one’s book group. Reading journal door prizes will be given away. Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library. RSVP online at mhl.org or call 978-623-8401, ext. 31.

Wednesday, April 9

“Session IV: Discovering Your Italian Heritage,” 7 p.m. at the Tenney Gate House, 37 Pleasant St., Methuen. Presented by Judy Lucey, an archivist and genealogist at the New England Historical and Genealogical Society. She is also an expert in Irish and Italian genealogy. Part of the Methuen Historical Society’s “Discovering Your Genealogy,” a four-part series. Free admission. Call 978-683-2252 to reserve a seat or visit methuenhistoricalsociety.org for more information.

45’s Tournament, 1 to 4 p.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. Cost is $2 per person. Sign up in the office. Call 978-983-8825.

April 9 & 23

The Beehive: eBook How-To Sessions, 10 a.m. at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. Learn how to download free best-selling titles to read on one’s computer, iPhone, Android, Kindle, or other compatible eBook reader. Bring an eBook reader, USB cord, library card, and questions for a hands-on session with Overdrive. If using a Kindle, bring the Amazon login and password. Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library. Visit mhl.org or call 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32.

Thursday, April 10

Author visit, 7 p.m. at the Andover Bookstore, 89R Main St. Nick Trout will discuss “Dog Gone, Back Soon.” Call 978-475-0143 or visit hugobookstores.com/andover.

Psychic Fair, 5 to 9:30 p.m. in the Methuen American Legion Hall, 200 Broadway. The fair, sponsored by the Methuen American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 122, will help support “Canines for Combat Vets.” Includes psychic tarot readers and mediums who will give readings for $20. Call 978-771-2718.

An Evening with Hank Phillippi Ryan, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Nevins Memorial Library, 305 Broadway, Methuen. Ryan will discuss and sign copies of her newest thriller, “The Wrong Girl.” She will also talk about her career as both an award-winning TV reporter and a successful crime fiction author. Registration is requested. Call 978-686-4080 or visit nevinslibrary.org.

Writers’ Group, 7 p.m. at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. For writers of adult fiction, nonfiction and memoirs. The group provides constructive advice and feedback on each other’s works in progress. Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library. Visit mhl.org or call 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32.

Friday, April 11

Informational session & tour, 10 a.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. All are invited. Call 978-983-8825.

April 11 & 12

Two-day Rummage Sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First-Calvary Baptist Church, 586 Massachusetts Ave., North Andover. No early birds. Light refreshments will be available for a nominal fee. Free admission. Proceeds will benefit Mission Programs. Call 978-685-1502.

Saturday, April 12

Department of Safety’s Boating Education Class, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Windham Fire Department, 3 Fellows Road. New Hampshire has a mandatory boating education law. Everyone 16 years of age and older who operates a motorboat over 25 horsepower on New Hampshire waters must have a boating education certificate. This program is designed to assist the boating public in having a safer, more enjoyable experience on the water through boating education. There is a $30 non-refundable fee per person for the class. Seating is limited; pre-registration is required. Call 603-293-2037 or 888-254-2125.

Author visit, noon at the Andover Bookstore, 89R Main St. A.J. Smith will discuss “Even Monsters.” Call 978-475-0143 or visit hugobookstores.com/andover.

Thrift Shop Saturday Sale — Stuff a Bag event, 9 a.m. to noon at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. Call 978-983-8825.

Saturday Night Ballroom Dance, 7 p.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. With The Entertainers. Cost is $9 per person. Call 978-983-8825.

Bean Supper, 4 to 7 p.m. at the Methuen Rod & Gun Club, 240 Tyler St. Menu includes ham, beans, hotdogs, desserts, coffee and more. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children under 10. Call 978-815-2083.

Actor J.T. Turner portrays Robert Frost, 7 p.m. at the Trinitarian Congregational Church, 72 Elm St., North Andover. Turner will bring America’s poet to life with the stories behind his work. He will also read some of Frost’s most popular poems including “Mending Wall,” “Birches,” “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” “Late Walk,” “Desert Places,” “Road Not Taken,” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.” Admission is $10. Ticket reservations can be made my emailing robertfrostevent@gmail.com. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the church office.

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Holy Family Hospital, 70 East St., Methuen. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.

Community Shredding Day, 9 a.m. to noon in Memorial Hall Library’s parking lot, 2 North Main St., Andover. Rain or shine. Bring a bag or a whole car filled with old papers to shred. The shredding truck will be provided by ProShred of Springfield. Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library. Visit mhl.org or call 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32.

Sunday, April 13

Free masters workshop in the art of piano playing, 4 to 6 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center, Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliot St., Haverhill. With NECC music faculty member Christina Dietrich. Piano players will have the chance to perform and learn in a cooperative group setting. Solo piano works and instrumental and vocal works with piano accompaniment of various levels of difficulty will be explored. Various aspects of piano performance and preparation will also be discussed. Students at all levels of playing ability are welcome to attend. Email cdietrich@necc.mass.edu.

April 13, 27, May 4, 11 & 18

Healthy Kids Running Series, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at AVIS-West Parish Meadow, off Reservation Road, Andover. Pre-K will do the 50 yard dash, kindergarten and first grade will do the 1/4 mile, second and third graders will do the 1/2 mile, fourth and fifth graders and middle school students will do the one mile race. Top placers in each race will receive points based on their finish. The boy and girl racer with the most points at the end of the series will win a trophy and a prize. Medals will be awarded to every racer after the last race in the series. Gift bags will be distributed to all participants. Cost is $30 for the series, $10 per race. All races will be the same distances each week. Snacks and beverages for participants. Call 978-886-6506 or email sean7amy@gmail.com. Register online at healthykidsrunningseries.org.

Tuesday, April 15

AARP meeting, 1 p.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. Call 978-983-8825.

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 2 to 7 p.m. at the Free Christian Church, 31 Elm St., Andover. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.

Wednesday, April 16

Veterans Expo, 3 to 5 p.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. Call 978-983-8825 for details.

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 2 to 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 462 Broadway, Methuen. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.

The Beehive — Free or Fee Family Tree Software & Genealogy Programs, 10 a.m. at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. Local history librarian, Kim Lynn, will talk about some free and fee based programs. Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library. Visit mhl.org or call 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32.

The Beehive — Authors Among Us: Short Stories with L.E. Miller, 7 p.m. at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. Read a short story by Edith Pearlman and participate in no-stress writing exercises. Beginners and experienced writers are welcome. Facilitated by award-winning writer L.E. Miller. Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library. Visit mhl.org or call 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32.

Thursday, April 17

Safe Driving program, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. Sponsored by AARP. Call 978-983-8825 for details.

Career Networking Group meeting, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. Expand one’s network of business contacts, share ideas and learn about effective job search strategies. Arleen Bradley, certified career coach, will present “How to Find the Hidden Job Search Secrets in Newspapers.” Free admission. Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library. Visit mhl.org or call 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32.

Saturday, April 19

Department of Safety’s Boating Education Class, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Windham Fire Department, 3 Fellows Road. New Hampshire has a mandatory boating education law. Everyone 16 years of age and older who operates a motorboat over 25 horsepower on New Hampshire waters must have a boating education certificate. This program is designed to assist the boating public in having a safer, more enjoyable experience on the water through boating education. There is a $30 non-refundable fee per person for the class. Seating is limited; pre-registration is required. Call 603-293-2037 or 888-254-2125.

Visit by “Monster & Me” author Paul Czajak, 11 a.m. at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. Czajak, a member of the library’s monthly Critique Group, will share his latest book, “Monster Needs His Sleep.” His books will be available for sale and signing. All ages are welcome. Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library. Visit mhl.org or call 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32.

Tuesday, April 22

Merrimack Valley Pflag/Transgender Chapter Meeting, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. Call 781-891-5966, email merrimackvalleypflag@gmail.com or visit gbpflag.org.

Wednesday, April 23

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 2 to 7 p.m. at the North Andover Masonic Lodge, 19 Johnson St. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 2 to 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 462 Broadway, Methuen. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.

Thursday, April 24

Author visit, 7 p.m. at the Andover Bookstore, 89R Main St. Jeffrey Harrison, author of “Into Daylight” and Kathleen Aponick, author of “Bright Realm,” will discuss their books. Call 978-475-0143 or visit hugobookstores.com/andover.

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 1 to 6 p.m. at Northpoint Bible College, 320 South Main St., Haverhill. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 2 to 7 p.m. at the Haverhill Elks Lodge, 24 Summer St. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.

Saturday, April 26

Department of Safety’s Boating Education Class, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Windham Fire Department, 3 Fellows Road. New Hampshire has a mandatory boating education law. Everyone 16 years of age and older who operates a motorboat over 25 horsepower on New Hampshire waters must have a boating education certificate. This program is designed to assist the boating public in having a safer, more enjoyable experience on the water through boating education. There is a $30 non-refundable fee per person for the class. Seating is limited; pre-registration is required. Call 603-293-2037 or 888-254-2125.

Saturday Night Ballroom Dance, 7 p.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. With the Bob Drinkwater Band. Cost is $9 per person. Call 978-983-8825.

Hampstead Civic Club’s Fishing Derby, 8 a.m. at the Shop Pond in Hampstead. Free registration is from 7 to 8 a.m. All boys and girls up to age 15 can enter and win prizes. Prizes for size and number of fish will be awarded by age category with all entrants receiving a gift bag. Only kids 15 and under are allowed to fish Shop Pond for the week of April school vacation. Email ASWoodman@comcast.net or visit hampsteadcivicclub.com.

Sunday, April 27

Andover Choral Society’s Spring Concert “Simple Gifts — An American Musical Landscape,” 3 p.m. at the Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, North Andover. The concert will feature the music of American composers, Aaron Copland, Randall Thompson and Steven Foster. Visit andoverchoralsociety.org.

Monday, April 28

American Red Cross Blood Drive, noon to 5 p.m. at the YWCA of Greater Lawrence, 38 Lawrence St., Lawrence. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 1 to 7 p.m. at the Masonic Hall, 111 Merrimack St., Haverhill. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.

Free Monday Movie, 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall Library’s Activity Room, 2 North Main St., Andover. Attend the movie and enter to win the DVD. Visit mhl.org for this month’s selection.

Wednesday, April 30

Intergenerational Senior Prom, 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. Call 978-983-8825.

Spring Book Sale Preview Night, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library. Cost is $20 per person, free for current Friends members. Visit mhl.org or call 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32.

Friday, May 2

Friends’ Spring Book Sale, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library. Visit mhl.org or call 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32.

Saturday, May 3

Department of Safety’s Boating Education Class, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Windham Fire Department, 3 Fellows Road. New Hampshire has a mandatory boating education law. Everyone 16 years of age and older who operates a motorboat over 25 horsepower on New Hampshire waters must have a boating education certificate. This program is designed to assist the boating public in having a safer, more enjoyable experience on the water through boating education. There is a $30 non-refundable fee per person for the class. Seating is limited; pre-registration is required. Call 603-293-2037 or 888-254-2125.

Friends’ Spring Book Sale, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library. Visit mhl.org or call 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32.

Sunday, May 4

Free Concert, 4 p.m. at Corpus Christi Church, 35 Essex St., Lawrence. The New England Classical Singers, joined by the Lawrence High Girls Ensemble, will present “The Seven Last Words Of Christ” by Dubois. Barbara Kilduff, a renowned soprano, will be among the soloists. The free concert is supported by the Catherine McCarthy Memorial Trust. Call 978-683-8222.

Spring Sprint Duathlon, 8:30 a.m. at Smolak Farms, 315 South Bradford St., North Andover. Proceeds from the bike/run event will benefit the Herman Youth Center in North Andover. Admission is $80 and $125. Call 978-891-0525.

Friends’ Spring Book Sale, 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library. Visit mhl.org or call 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32.

May 4 & June 8

Girl Scout Camp Maude Eaton to have Open House, 1 to 4 p.m. located at 141 Abbot St., Andover. Visit girlscoutseasternmass.org.

Thursday, May 8

Author visit, 7 p.m. at the Andover Bookstore, 89R Main St. Robert Forrant will discuss “Lawrence and the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike.” Call 978-475-0143 or visit hugobookstores.com/andover.

Thursday, May 15

Author visit, 7 p.m. at the Andover Bookstore, 89R Main St. Susan Gregg Gilmore will discuss “The Funeral Dress.” Call 978-475-0143 or visit hugobookstores.com/andover.

Jazz Night, 7 p.m. in the North Andover Middle School Cafe. Featuring the North Andover Middle School and North Andover High School Jazz Bands with guest artist Tatum Greenblatt. The evening will close with a performance by the Jazz Night Big Band with Greenblatt and local musicians from the area. Concessions will be sold and proceeds will go to the North Andover Music Association. Free admission. Call 978-681-9915 or visit tatumgreenblatt.com.

Saturday, May 17

Department of Safety’s Boating Education Class, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Windham Fire Department, 3 Fellows Road. New Hampshire has a mandatory boating education law. Everyone 16 years of age and older who operates a motorboat over 25 horsepower on New Hampshire waters must have a boating education certificate. This program is designed to assist the boating public in having a safer, more enjoyable experience on the water through boating education. There is a $30 non-refundable fee per person for the class. Seating is limited; pre-registration is required. Call 603-293-2037 or 888-254-2125.

Sunday, May 18

Andover Garden Club to present “Petals & Palettes on a Sunday Afternoon,” noon to 5 p.m. at the Essex Art Center, Lower Level, 56 Island St., Lawrence. The event will feature artists, floral design, live music, art for sale, as well as appetizers and beverages. More than 70 pieces will be displayed, including sculpture, watercolor, oil painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, and fiber arts. Select pieces will be interpreted in floral arrangements “Art in Bloom.” Much of the artwork will be offered for sale, with a percentage of the proceeds going to support the work of the Andover Garden Club. For tickets call 978-475-7119, email pianopasta@comcast.net or visit andovergardenclub.org. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

Tuesday, May 20

Author visit, 7 p.m. at the Andover Bookstore, 89R Main St. Julia Glass will discuss “And the Dark Sacred Night.” Call 978-475-0143 or visit hugobookstores.com/andover.

Monday, May 26

Andover’s Annual Memorial Day Parade, 10 a.m. with the route leading from the intersection of Elm Street and Florence Street to Main Street, to Punchard Avenue, Bartlet Street and ending at The Park. There will be a collation in the Doherty Middle School cafeteria at 11:30 a.m. for all parade participants. No political activity can be accommodated in and during the parade. Any civic, patriotic or fraternal organization that would like to march in the parade should call the Veterans’ Services Office at 978-623-8218. In the event of heavy rain, all observances will be held inside the Memorial Auditorium.

Tuesday, May 27

Merrimack Valley Pflag/Transgender Chapter Meeting, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. Call 781-891-5966, email merrimackvalleypflag@gmail.com or visit gbpflag.org.

Saturday, May 31

Department of Safety’s Boating Education Class, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Windham Fire Department, 3 Fellows Road. New Hampshire has a mandatory boating education law. Everyone 16 years of age and older who operates a motorboat over 25 horsepower on New Hampshire waters must have a boating education certificate. This program is designed to assist the boating public in having a safer, more enjoyable experience on the water through boating education. There is a $30 non-refundable fee per person for the class. Seating is limited; pre-registration is required. Call 603-293-2037 or 888-254-2125.

Tuesday, June 24

Merrimack Valley Pflag/Transgender Chapter Meeting, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. Call 781-891-5966, email merrimackvalleypflag@gmail.com or visit gbpflag.org.

Tuesday, July 22

Merrimack Valley Pflag/Transgender Chapter Meeting, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. Call 781-891-5966, email merrimackvalleypflag@gmail.com or visit gbpflag.org.

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Merrimack Valley Pflag/Transgender Chapter Meeting, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. Call 781-891-5966, email merrimackvalleypflag@gmail.com or visit gbpflag.org.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Merrimack Valley Pflag/Transgender Chapter Meeting, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. Call 781-891-5966, email merrimackvalleypflag@gmail.com or visit gbpflag.org.

Tuesday, Oct. 28

Merrimack Valley Pflag/Transgender Chapter Meeting, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. Call 781-891-5966, email merrimackvalleypflag@gmail.com or visit gbpflag.org.

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Merrimack Valley Pflag/Transgender Chapter Meeting, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. Call 781-891-5966, email merrimackvalleypflag@gmail.com or visit gbpflag.org.

Tuesday, Dec. 23

Merrimack Valley Pflag/Transgender Chapter Meeting, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, South Church, 41 Central St., Andover. Call 781-891-5966, email merrimackvalleypflag@gmail.com or visit gbpflag.org.